What happens when you run out of choices?
The truth is, you never run out of choices. However, sometimes a situation reaches a point where the options available to you all appear to be undesirable.
We forget that we are currently the product of our past thoughts and actions. Who we are at this moment is directly related to who we have conjured ourselves to be.
What does that mean?
If, as I regularly posit, consciousness creates reality, then what we are thinking about is what we get. Because by-and-large we are not experts at living in the here-and-now, we wind up a product of the then and there. What we were thinking about at some point in the past has brought us to this place, here and now.
For some that is not a bad thing. The now is a good place. For some, though, the now is in need of work. This is why it is important to recognize this, and as such get to work on the things you want to change.
Won’t this create a loop? Won’t I always be the product of past thoughts and actions? Yes, and no. If you are more conscious of your thoughts and actions you will find that you are better at being who and where you want to be. When you are choosing your path, you are directing your thoughts and actions actively instead of passively. As such you will find that you are less likely to be displeased with where you find yourself regularly.
Which brings me to another aspect of this notion. When you are working on your thoughts and feelings, it is important to put them in the here-and-now, rather than in the future. If you are wanting things ‘soon’ or ‘shortly’ or ‘down the line’ or what-have-you, you will find yourself always reaching for them but never quite getting to them.
This is one of my biggest personal issues. I know what I want, I make the choices I make to garner it…and then I still see it always in the future. I see it ahead, I see it coming…and it always seems to remain just ahead of me. I never quite manage to get there.
I see good things on the horizon. I make mention of how I can see my desires just ahead of me. And, surprise surprise, they remain just out of reach, just ahead of where I want to be now. So close…and yet…
So the key here is to consider your thoughts and actions, and place the things you want in the NOW. You need to think of those things you are working to manifest as already being here, already with you, already achieved.
How does that work? That seems contradictory. My problem is that I agree…that does seem contradictory. But when I have put this notion to the test I have found that, truly, I do better being in the here-and-now with the things I want to manifest in my life when I put those things now instead of into the future.
This boils down to language, and more often than not our personal internal dialogues. We are always thinking, always feeling, always running facts, figures, ideas and abstracts through our minds. I have previously written about taking more control over thoughts so that there are fewer contradictory ones getting in your way. This is a direct aspect of taking that control.
When you are thinking ‘I will do ‘x’ when I have that money’ or ‘after I lose all this weight I will get a new wardrobe’ or ‘when I succeed’ you are using very specific language, and more directly approaching with a future tense. The key here is to put these thoughts into the present. Think instead ‘I am doing ‘x’ with the money I have received’ or ‘I’m excited about my new wardrobe’ or ‘with my success’. Put the notions here and now, instead of ahead of yourself.
That sounds ridiculous. These things have not happened yet. That may be true, but because consciousness creates reality the more you put things ahead, the more you will find them never quite within your reach. This is about your internal dialogue, which is what you are thinking and feeling. If you are thinking about lack and loss instead of abundance and gain…which do you think you are more likely to manifest?
What happens when you run out of choices? Again, you never run out of choices. To help keep your options open it is a good practice to work on knowing what you are thinking and feeling. From there you can work to maintain a present rather than future dialogue with yourself, and you will find that when you are more in the here-and-now than in the then-and-there of either the past or the future, your choices are more wide and variable, and as such more desirable.
Do you think to yourself about what you want in the past, the now, or the future?
This is the one-hundred sixty-first entry in my series. These weekly posts are specifically about walking along the path of life, and my personal desire to make a difference in this world along the way. Feel free to re-blog and share. Thank you for joining me.